Stone House at Stirling Ridge Wedding

May 13

Christie & Nick

black and white photo of groom dipping bride at the end of their first dance

The biggest compliment anyone could ever pay me would be to introduce their friend to me and my work, and that friend (or family member) hire me to document their big day via photos. Christie and Nick are exactly that: Christie is the sister of one of my amazing brides who said “I do” last year! You may recognize her and her husband….or perhaps one of her entertainers as you take a peek at Christie’s dream wedding at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Christie and Nick are so special to me, and so much fun to work with! From their engagement session at Liberty State Park, to their big day, it’s been incredible! I loved how they incorporated their bucket list of travel into their big day; the details they used were perfect! When guests arrived and were to find their place card, they were invited to “travel to their seats”. It was classy, unique, and adorable all rolled into one.

Fun fact: if you took a peek at the wedding of Shannon and Steven at Clarks Landing last year (Shannon is Christie’s sister) then you saw that the one and only Gloria Gaynor stopped by to perform. Well, Christie and Nick’s wedding was no different, and once again, this music legend performed. I have been treated to not one, but two live performances!

I know I say this a lot, but when I say I love my couples, or I love the venues they choose, I really do love them, and the Stone House at Stirling Ridge is no different. It has a mix of a classic wedding reception venue, with the beauty of North Jersey. If you’re looking for a stunning location with great outdoor spaces for photos, a traditional reception venue, and a venue that incorporates some modern characteristics like floor to ceiling windows, then definitly take a peek at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge.

Being able to photograph the weddings of siblings is so special, and this wedding was certainly no different. I am able to truly see how alike siblings are, how different they are, and how each envisions their big day, then executes it. It has been an honor to work with Christie, her sister, and their family for some time now. I cannot thank everyone enough, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Christie and Nick! I’ll also note – Christie and I connected on a cat loving level like no other; and look forward to endless cat memes and videos to be shared for years to come :-).


Vendors

Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge //Event Planner: Details Made Simple  //  Wedding Gown Atelier: Castle Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Wedding Gown: Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri Bridal //  Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters // Hair: Paolo Cuppari Hair Designs //  Make up: Make Me Up Eva  //  Floral Design:  Bella Fiori Event Design //  Cinematographer:  Creative Vision Media // Wedding Bands: Leo Ingwer // Photobooth: Blanc Noir Event Group // Limo: RPD Executive Coach  // Cake:  Palermo’s Bakery // Stationery: Bella Fiori Event Design //  Band: The Party Shoppe by Silver Pro Entertainement //

dark navy blue invitation suite
princess cut diamond engagement ring with halo and double diamond eternity band
detail photo of brides Jimmy Choo rhinestone and glitter heels, the bridal bouquet of bus and red roses with white and cream accent florals and greenery, and her square diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding band in a blue ring box
brides Jimmy Choo rhinestone and glitter heels
brides gown hanging on a personalized hanger against a window framed by white drapes
brides gown hanging on a personalized dark wooden hanger, displayed against a brick house, with the bridal party's powder blue gowns hung on personalized light wooden hangers
bride and her bridal party popping champagne and confetti outside before getting into their wedding attire
detail photo of confetti poppers
black and white photo of bride looking at her reflection in the mirror after having her makeup done before getting into her gown

Christie’s mom gifted her some jewelry to wear on her wedding day – it was the sweetest mother daughter moment!

black and white photo of bride and her mother enjoying a tender moment together before getting into her wedding gown
black and white photo of bride in her prep outfit gazing out the window

How did you two meet and fall in love?

We met through a mutual friend in high school. I asked if we could all hang out and the only option when you are 15 & 16 is a group date to the movies at the mall. He made fun of my Ugg boots and have me a goodnight kiss. It was the start of our very long love story.

bride being helped into her gown by her bridal party in powder blue gowns and her mother in a copper gown
black and white photo of back of brides gown surrounded by her Mother an Mother of the groom
matron of honor and flower girl assist the bride in putting on her shoes
brides veil being adjusted by her sister, the matron of honor
classic under the veil shot, bride looking down and away
black and white photo of bride sitting in a wing back chair, looking serene, with veil over her face
close up of bride holding her bridal bouquet of blush, cream and red roses, succulents and greenery
black and white photo of bride looking out the window, with her reflection appearing in a mirror on the left side of the photo
bride smiling with her father by a bright window in the bridal suite
Black and white candid photo of Bride laughing with her sister, the matron of honor
black and white photo of bride looking at her Mom and her Mom looking at her
bride with her bridal party in powder blue, holding their bouquets
detail photo of grooms gold watch, grey cufflink, black shoes and white wooden box with a gold Mr on it
grooms tuxedo jacket displayed on a black framed print on a light grey wall
black and white photo of groom putting on his cuff links
groom's bowtie being tied by a groomsman
Groom smiling as he is helped into his tuxedo vest by his ring bearers
black and white photo of groom in tuxedo vest and bow tie
groom being helped into his tuxedo by his father
detail shot of Laphroaig 25 year old scotch bottle and shot glasses
groom and his groomsmen enjoying shots while getting ready
black and white candid photo of groom and a few of his grooms men
groom standing out in front of groomsmen
close up of groom standing out in front of groomsmen
wide angle black and white shot of entire church before ceremony
black and white candid photo of groom taking a peek from the side of the altar
groom looking down the aisle as his bride makes her way down towards him
bride being walked down the aisle by her fathere
black and white candid photo of father of the bride lifing his daughters veil right before he hands her over to her groom
black and white photo catching a glimpse at each other during mass

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Our favorite memory was the moment we both waited for our whole lives. When we saw each other for the first time at each end of the church and knew we would be spending the rest of our lives together. 

groom looking his bride while they take their wedding vows
black and white photo of bride grinning at her husband while he says his vows
black and white photo of the bride and groom holding hands at the altar of the church
black and white photo of bride and groom having their first kiss as husband and wife, with her Maid of Honor and his best man on either side of the couple
black and white photo of bride and groom walking back down the aisle of the church as Mr. and Mrs.
black and white candid photo of the bride and groom, with them touching their noses while smiling
close up of brides right hand around her grooms arm, no faces in photo
black and white candid photo of the bride and groom, with them touching their noses while smiling
1/2 shot of bride holding onto grooms tuxedo lapel, focus on the hand, no faces in the photograph
photo outdoors with bride wrapping her arms around her groom, with her veil wrapped around both of them
bride and groom smiling at each other while walking around the grounds of the Stone House
bride and groom popping champagne bottle outdoors on grounds of the Stone House
bride and groom smiling at each other outdoors while toasting with champagne flutes
bride and groom portrait while they are dancing outside the Stone House
portrait of bride and groom outside of the Stone House, her behind him, looking at him, while he looks back over his shoulder at his bride
groom looking away from the camera and to his bride on his right arm, while she is looking at the camera
black and white candid photo from behind the bride and groom, with them touching their noses while smiling
bride and groom kissing outside the Stone House on brick patio with fire pit and red accessories
close up of bride holding her bridal bouquet of blush, cream and red roses, succulents and greenery
bride and groom smiling at each other while walking around the grounds of the Stone House
portrait of bride and groom closing their eyes while she holds her bouquet, all in front of the Stone House
portrait of bride and groom smiling while she holds her bouquet, all in front of the Stone House
close up of bride holding her bridal bouquet of blush and red roses, pink and cream florals, succulents and greenery
bride poses with her bridesmaids while they all hold their floral bouqets
close up of the bride and bridesmaids bouquets of blush, cream and red florals
bride poses with her bridesmaids while they all hold their floral bouqets
bride on ground in front of fire pit with two ring bearers and flower girl (who is wearing no shoes)
groom and his groomsmen candid shot of them walking outside the Stone House
formal wedding party photo with bridal party in powder blue gowns, barefoot flower girl in white gown

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

We went with a vintage travel theme because we both enjoy traveling around the world and have a long bucket list to accomplish. Our Bridesmaids wore a light harbor blue and the Groomsmen wore black Tuxedos

close up of bride and groom chatting during the wedding party photos
close up of members of the bridal party in powder blue sharing laughs during the wedding party photos
close up of bride and groom kissing while the wedding party cheers them on
fun photo of entire wedding party cheering on the kissing bride and groom
formal photo of wedding party posed around the bride and groom seated in the center
display of family wedding photos with wish card and card holder
memory table display of family wedding photos with arrangements of white hydrangeas
antique key and place cards handing on display
antique key and place cards on display on large wooden doors with greenery
wedding detail shot of grey wooden wine box and brown barrel with slot of cards and their monogram and wedding date
photo of the bride and grooms chairs at the sweetheart table labelled with "his and hers" silver glitter hanging signage
wide angle shot of wooden sweetheart table with greenery, two grey chairs, cake displayed on one side of the table, the wine box card holder on the opposite side, with large love floral arrangement behind the table
detail shot of champagne flute, wine and water glasses with glass floating candle holders
detail shot of champagne flute, wine and water glasses with glass floating candle holders
love spelled out in white and blush florals with lights scattered throughout the arrangements on table display behind sweetheart table
reception tables with tall and low floral arrangement in center of table, with place settings in places and gold chivari chairs

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

I narrowed it down to two different venues and had Nick check them both out. I had a good idea in my head which venue I knew was perfect but I wanted to make sure Nick had the same opportunity to choose his favorite place. He walked into the Stone House after visiting the first venue and he instantly said SOLD bring me the contract! We both fell in love with the same venue no questions asked! 

wide shot of multiple tables in reception room
reception table with tall floral arrangement in center of table, with place settings in places and gold chivari chairs
reception florals of blush, red and cream roses, white hydrangea and four white taper candles in the center
reception florals of blush, red and cream roses, white hydrangea and four white taper candles in the center, all surrounded by greenery
low reception floral arrangement of white hydrangea and roses in blush pink, red, white surrounded by floating candles in individual candle holders
low reception floral arrangement of white hydrangea and roses in blush pink, red, white surrounded by floating candles in individual candle holders
dinner reception menu displayed on table with place setting
details of reception place settings
bride and groom smiling as they make their entrance together to the reception as husband and wife
bride and groom during their first dance in front of guests
candid photo of bride looking at groom during their first dance

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

Making sure that the planning was fun and not stressful.

black and white candid photo of bride dancing with her father
black and white candid photo of groom dancing with his mother
maid of honor in pale sky blue gown makes her matron of honor speech
bride wipes away tears while groom laughs during speeches and toasts while sitting at the sweet heart table
best man makes his speech during toasts
bride and groom laugh a lot during speeches and toasts while sitting at the sweetheart table together
father of the bride makes a speech during the wedding toasts
band plays during wedding reception
guests dancing and having fun during wedding reception
bride dances and sings during wedding reception
Guests pose for fun photo during wedding reception. One of the guests is former governor Chris Christie
three older guests at the reception dance
guests dance during the reception with gloria gaynor
a family of four guests, including two young boys, pose for fun family photo during the reception
gloria gaynor singing with the band
bride and groom dancing in front of guests while Gloria Gaynor sings
bride and photographer smiling for a picture together
four tier whit wedding cake with two different frosting patterns with fresh blush florals scattered throughout the tiers with glittered cake topper of the bride and grooms name and wedding date
close up of personalized glitter cake topper with bride and grooms married name and the date of their wedding
four tier whit wedding cake with two different frosting patterns with fresh blush florals scattered throughout the tiers
bride and groom smiling while cutting the cake

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

Don’t stress out about the little things, make yourself a timeline and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

bride and groom formal kiss with the wedding cake
bride and groom outside wedding venue in front of paned window with tealights in each window pane




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Stone House at Stirling Ridge wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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